Abuja – The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to flush out armed herdsmen invading communities in Enugu State.
The House issued the order at the plenary on Thursday following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu.
Adopting the motion, the House called on the Federal Government “and particularly the Inspector-General of Police to get rid of armed criminals from Amonkpunoto community in Oji River Local Government Area, Enugu State, and its environs.”
The House also called on the Federal Government to deploy sufficient security personnel in Amonkpunoto, Oji River LGA, and Enugu State in general, to provide a safe environment for our people to pursue their trade.
Also, the lawmakers asked the government to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute the perpetrators of the crime.
Moving the motion, Okechukwu partly said, “The House notes the gruesome murder of Mr Eugene lloabani in his farm at Isiokwe Village, Amankpunato Autonomous Community, Oji River Local Government Area, Enugu State.
“The House is saddened that the late Iloabani was reportedly hacked to death on June 29, 2020, by suspected killer herdsmen and other recent attacks involving killer herdsmen in Oji River axis of Enugu State and killings of farmers, rape and pillaging of communities in various parts of the federation.
“The House is concerned that with the worsening state of insecurity, our farmers have abandoned their farms for safety, a situation that will result in food shortage, hunger, and drought. The House is convinced that bringing the killers to book would serve as deterrence to other criminal elements in the state.”
Okechukwu noted the investments by the various state governments in security and the “overwhelming challenges” which the states are burdened with.